International Organization & UN Studies
Two focus areas—International Organization (IO) and United Nations Studies (UNS)—provide students with a roadmap of the international organizations that inform public policy and global action across borders.
This focus area centers on the role of the UN as a multilateral organization with the mission of promoting peace and security worldwide. The curriculum includes theories of international organizations, management of the UN system, and functional areas such as peace operations and development coordination.
- Expose students to the complexity of a multilateral organization
- Educate students about the UN and its “human face” through courses, research opportunities, and fieldwork
- Give students access to the UN and its agencies through programming and initiatives, including trips to the Security Council, high-level panels with UN staff, working lunches with UN Ambassadors, and networking opportunities such as “A Day at the UN.”
- Create networks for students to connect with alumni with UN interests and backgrounds
- Connect students with professors in the focus area, such as through brown-bag lunches
The UN Studies focus area is designed for students who wish to learn about the role that the UN and its many departments, funds, and agencies play in international affairs. UNS will give students the opportunity to engage with the UN in a number of ways, whether through hands-on courses, research opportunities, speaker series, panels, or other dynamic programming.
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